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Overview The president of Walk Thru the Bible Ministries takes listeners to 1 Chronicles 4:10 to discover how they can release God's miraculous power and experience the blessings God longs to give each of them. The life of Jabez bursts from the genealogical listings in an audacious, four-part prayer that brings Jabez an extraordinary measure of divine favor, anointing and protection. 1 cassette.
Publishers Description Dr. Bruce Wilkinson, president of Walk Thru the Bible Ministries, takes readers to 1 Chronicles 4:10 to discover how they can release God's miraculous power and experience the blessings God longs to give each of us. In Dr. Wilkinson's colorful, rich voice, the life of Jabez -- one of the Bible's most overlooked heroes of the faith -- bursts from the genealogical listings in an audacious, four-part prayer that brings Jabez an extraordinary measure of divine favor, anointing, and protection. Listeners who commit to offering the same prayer on a regular basis will find themselves extravagantly blessed by God, and agents of His miraculous power in everyday life. Wilkinson tells us how in a motivational message full of real-life illustrations!
Bruce Wilkinson is the founder of Walk Thru the Bible Ministries and Walk Thru the Bible International. He is the author of the New York Times bestsellers The Prayer of Jabez and Secrets of the Vine as well as 30 Days to Experiencing Spiritual Breakthroughs and numerous other books. Bruce and his wife, Darlene, live in Atlanta, Georgia, and have three children. Chapter 1 LITTLE PRAYER, GIANT PRIZE Jabez called on the God of Israel. The little book you're holding is about what happens when ordinary Christians decide to reach for an extraordinary life—which, as it turns out, is exactly the kind God promises.
My own story starts in a kitchen with yellow counters and Texas-sized raindrops pelting the window. It was my senior year of seminary in Dallas. Darlene, my wife, and I were finding ourselves spending more and more time thinking and praying about what would come next. Where should I throw my energy, passion, and training? What did God want for us as a couple? I stood in our kitchen thinking again about a challenge I'd heard from the seminary chaplain, Dr. Richard Seume. "Want a bigger vision for your life?" he had asked earlier that week. "Sign up to be a gimper for God."
A gimper, as Seume explained it, was someone who always does a little more than what's required or expected. In the furniture business, for example, gimping is putting the finishing touches on the upholstery, patiently applying the ornamental extras that are a mark of quality and value.
Dr. Seume took as his text the briefest of Bible biographies: "Now Jabez was more honorable than his brothers" (1 Chronicles 4:9). Jabez wanted to be more and do more for God, and—as we discover by the end of verse 10—God granted him his request.
End of verse. End of Bible story.
Lord, I think I want to be a gimper for You, I prayed as I looked out the window at the blustery spring rain. But I was puzzled. What exactly did Jabez do to rise above the rest? Why did God answer his prayer? I wondered. For that matter, why did God even include Jabez's miniprofile in the Bible?
Maybe it was the raindrops running down the windowpanes. Suddenly my thoughts ran past verse 9.
I picked up my Bible and read verse 10—the prayer of Jabez. Something in his prayer would explain the mystery. It had to. Pulling a chair up to the yellow counter, I bent over my Bible, and reading the prayer over and over, I searched with all my heart for the future God had for someone as ordinary as I.
The next morning, I prayed Jabez's prayer word for word.
And the next.
And the next.
Thirty years later, I haven't stopped.
If you were to ask me what sentence—other than my prayer for salvation—has revolutionized my life and ministry the most, I would tell you that it was the cry of a gimper named Jabez, who is still remembered not for what he did, but for what he prayed—and for what happened next.
In the pages of this little book, I want to introduce you to the amazing truths in Jabez's prayer for blessing and prepare you to expect God's astounding answers to it as a regular part of your life experience.
How do I know that it will significantly impact you? Because of my experience and the testimony of hundreds of others around the world with whom I've shared these principles. Because, even more importantly, the Jabez prayer distills God's powerful will for your future. Finally, because it reveals that your Father longs to give you so much more than you may have ever thought to ask for.
Just ask the man who had no future.
THE PRODIGY OF THE GENEALOGY Someone once said there is really very little difference between people—but that little difference makes a great deal of difference. Jabez doesn't stand astride the Old Testament like a Moses or a David or light up the book of Acts like those early Christians who turned the world upside down. But one thing is sure: The little difference in his life made all the difference.
You could think of him as the Prodigy of the Genealogy, or maybe the Bible's Little Big Man. You'll find him hiding in the least read section of one of the least-read books of the Bible.
The first nine chapters of 1 Chronicles are taken up with the official family tree of the Hebrew tribes, beginning with Adam and proceeding through thou-sands of years to Israel's return from captivity. Talk about boring! The long lists of unfamiliar and difficult names—more than five hundred of them—are likely to make even the bravest Bible student turn back.
Take chapter 4. The descendants of Judah: Perez, Hezron, and Carmi, and Hur, and Shobal.… And that's just the beginning.
Ahumai Ishma Idbash Hazelelponi Anub…
I'd forgive you if you suddenly considered putting this little book aside and reaching for your TV remote. But stay with me. Because forty-four names into the chapter, a story suddenly breaks through:
Now Jabez was more honorable than his brothers, and his mother called his name Jabez, saying, "Because I bore him in pain." And Jabez called on the God of Israel saying, "Oh, that You would bless me indeed, and enlarge my territory, that Your hand would be with me, and that You would keep me from evil, that I may not cause pain!" So God granted him what he requested. (1 Chronicles 4:9–10)
In the next verse, the roll call for the tribe of Judah picks up as if nothing has happened—Chelub, Shuah, Mehir.…
Something about this man Jabez had caused the historian to pause in middrone, clear his throat, and switch tactics. "Ah, wait a minute!" he seems to interject. "You just gotta know something about this guy named Jabez. He stands head and shoulders above the rest!"
What was the secret to the enduring reputation of Jabez? You can search from front to back in your Bible, as I have, and you won't find any more information than we have in these two brief verses:
• Things started badly for a person no one had ever heard of.
• He prayed an unusual, one-sentence prayer.
• Things ended extraordinarily well.
Clearly, the outcome can be traced to his prayer. Something about Jabez's simple, direct request to God changed his life and left a permanent mark on the history books of Israel:
Oh, that You would bless me indeed, and enlarge my territory, that Your hand would be with me, and that You would keep me from evil.
At first glance, the four requests may strike you as sincere, sensible, even noble, but not terribly remarkable. Yet just under the surface of each lies a giant paradigm breaker that runs exactly opposite to the way you and I usually think. In the pages to come, I want to show you just how dramatically each of Jabez's requests can release something miraculous in your life.
LIVING BEYOND THE LIMITS When was the last time God worked through you in such a way that you knew beyond doubt that God had done it? In fact, when was the last time you saw miracles happen on a regular basis in your life? If you're like most believers I've met, you wouldn't know how to ask for that kind of experience, or even if you should.
What I have to share with you has been opening up lives to God's mighty working for many years. Recently, I was in Dallas to teach on the Jabez blessing to an audience of 9,000. Later over lunch, a man said to me, "Bruce, I heard you preach the message of Jabez fifteen years ago, and I haven't stopped praying it. The change has been so overwhelming I have just never stopped."
Across the table, another friend agreed. He said he'd been praying Jabez's little prayer for ten years with similar results. The man next to him, a heart surgeon from Indianapolis, said he had been praying it for five.
I told them, "Friends, I've been praying Jabez for more than half my life!"
Because you're reading this book, I believe you share my desire to reach for a life that will be "more honorable" for God. Not that you wish others to reach for less, but for you, nothing but God's fullest blessing will do. When you stand before Him to give your accounting, your deepest longing is to hear, "Well done!"
God really does have unclaimed blessings waiting for you, my friend. I know it sounds impossible—even embarrassingly suspicious in our self-serving day. Yet that very exchange—your want for God's plenty—has been His loving will for your life from eternity past. And with a handful of core commitments on your part, you can proceed from this day forward with the confidence and expectation that your heavenly Father will bring it to pass for you.
Think of it this way: Instead of standing near the river's edge, asking for a cup of water to get you through each day, you'll do something unthinkable—you will take the little prayer with the giant prize and jump into the river! At that moment, you will begin to let the loving currents of God's grace and power carry you along. God's great plan for you will surround you and sweep you forward into the profoundly important and satisfying life He has waiting.
If that is what you want, keep reading.
From the Hardcover edition.
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More About Bruce Wilkinson
Bruce Wilkinson is best known as the author of the New York Times #1 bestseller The Prayer of Jabez. He is also the author of several other bestsellers, including A Life God Rewards, Secrets of the Vine, and The Dream Giver. Over the past three decades, Wilkinson has founded numerous global initiatives. He has developed a Bible teaching faculty of more than thirty-two thousand in eighty-three nations, led a movement of eighty-seven organizations that recruited and trained seven thousand Americans to serve the former Soviet Union, published ten different monthly magazines, developed numerous courses that were taught in more than ten thousand seminars, and led thirty-six hundred Americans to address hunger, orphan care, AIDS education, and poverty in Africa.
Bruce Wilkinson currently resides in Atlanta, in the state of Georgia. Bruce Wilkinson was born in 1947.
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Better Than I Assumed, But Still Potentially Dangerous Dec 19, 2008
Having heard that the Jabez movement was a form of the prosperity gospel where a supplicant prays to God for expensive material possessions and money, I was a bit skeptical when I received this small book as a gift. Since it was so small I read anyway and I will say that it was not what I assumed. This book is not devilish, nor should it be used as a definitive guide on how to pray. Instead it is best used as a starting point in discussing desire, prosperity and the Christian walk.
Let me briefly note Wilkinson's interpretation of the prayer of Jabez in 1 Chronicles 4:9-10.
"O that you would bless me indeed" - is for the blessings of God to be on your whole life. That you would have God's favor.
"and enlarge my territory" - not physical territory so much as a growth in skills and influence so you can further the work that God wants you to do.
"that your hand would be with me" - that your territory will be enlarged so much, you will have a job too big for you to do alone, and you must rely on the Holy Spirit in order to accomplish great things. (The small discussion of how success perversely can create anxiety and doubt is refreshingly true of humans, and worth a book in itself.)
"and that you would keep me from evil" - that you will keep temptation from me. (Wilkinson's prescriptive that you forego willpower in favor of asking God to keep temptation from you is very practical and much wiser than the fiery judgments upon human weakness that you sometimes hear from the pulpit.)
"that I may not cause pain." - that a life lived in avoidance of sin and sin's destructive nature will promote your relationships with others and with God.
After reading I surprised myself as I felt there is some support for Christians considering this prayer. The Jabez prayer is an answered prayer included in the holy text of the Bible along with many other admonitions about prosperity and how we should handle wealth. Since prosperity builds community and poverty tears it down, God clearly wants his people to have some form of material wealth. Not everyone is called to wear a hairshirt and eat locusts. Israel often prayed for prosperity and the practice of tithing is the mandate that those who are blessed share a portion with the unfortunate. The Bible does not appear to be anti-wealth so much as pro-stewardship. (And it can be quite exacting in its prescriptives of stewardship, a point not included in Wilkinson's work; with great wealth comes great responsibility.)
Additionally, God already knows our material desires so we need not make futile attempts to hide them through silence. The contemporary Christian that is too queasy to pray for his or her desires, would find many of the Old Testament prayers unpalatable. King David often prayed that he might vanquish his enemies which meant kill them in battle. If you truly want something, not speaking to God about that in prayer might mean a lessening honesty in your personal relationship with God. Prayer should be a place where you can be absolutely soul-baringly honest. With your cards on the table, open for your viewing and God's, you are in a better place to receive and accept insight and answers from God.
That said, simply praying rotely for status objects and assuming that God will answer your every whim is not the relationship outlined for us in the Bible. Those many fine fundamentalist ladies who taught me in Sunday School would tell you that there is hell to pay for such hubris. Our ways are not God's ways. We humans are prone to give God the solution and pray that he enacts our great ideas. God is not like a pop machine where you put in your coins and select your options. He has an entire realm to consider and our individual desires may not be in alignment to a larger vision of His.
Which leads me to my biggest sticking point of taking on the Jabez prayer as a part of your daily worship. The Jabez prayer is Old Testament and as Christians we are bound by the New Testament which tells of the disciples asking Jesus, "How shall we pray?" Jesus replied giving the Lord's Prayer. Since the Lord's Prayer comes directly from Jesus I believe it trumps every other prayer in the Bible. And this holy devotion begins not with desire, but with praise, thanksgiving and submission: Our Father who art in heaven, hallowed be thy name. Thy will be done..." We humans are resoundedly put in our rightful place in relationship to the greatness and holiness of God.
As a child I was taught to not only pray the Lord's prayer but to take it as a model, and bring my concerns to God in a certain order.
Praise and thanksgiving - "Our Father who are in heaven hallowed be thy name" Submission - "Thy will be done." Presentation of wants and desires - "Give us this day our daily bread." Forgiveness - "and forgive our trespasses as we forgive those who trespass against us." Handing over to God areas where we have fallen - "leads us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil" Ending with a statement of God's complete sovereignity - "for yours is the the kingdom, the power and the glory forever."
The prayer of Jabez is tempting to pray as a talisman because it seems on the surface to promise the fulfillment of our human desires for worldly possessions and power. Though Wilkinson himself does not reduce this prayer to materialism it could easily be used in that manner. A Christian of many years can read it for what it is and see the subtexts and spiritual possibilities. Also those farther along in their walk may have a better understanding of stewardship and submission. This book is not dangerous in their hands.
But for the new Christian, especially one who was previously unchurched, the work could appear to be an affirmation from the pulpit that you can control God through prayer and that God promises us wealth. A life in Christ does not innoculate you from hardship, suffering or disappointment. Any pastor or book that encourages such a view of God does a disservice. When it appears that God is not coming through to fix things, the new Christian may fall away from the church and thereby stunt their personal relationship with God.
I admire Wilkinson for addressing the often ambivalent topic of material wealth and Christianity, but the work would have been much more powerful had he given a real admission of the potential for danger in such a prayer and then brought us through an illustration of a person moving from the most basic and worldly assumptions of the Prayer of Jabez into a more complex and spiritual understanding.
Read it for yourself, but remember it is not a complete discussion of desire and wealth from a Christian perspective. Make it your starting point, not your end.
The Prayer of Jabez: Breaking through to a blessed life Sep 21, 2008
This book is great no matter what condition it is in. Next to the Bible and The Purpose Driven Life by Rick Warren, it is one of the best books I've ever read and I buy it for people who are looking for dramatic changes in their life. This is one of the books that will do just that. I recommend the Bible study that is a companion to this book. Just be careful who you buy it from if you're looking for a "new" one
Good Words... Sep 8, 2008
If you believe, it serves its purpose. If you are trying to believe, read the book. If you absolutely don't believe, then I would save your money for now...
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The prayer of Wilkinson not the prayer of Jabez! Aug 26, 2008
I could not find ANYTHING in this little misleading book that was in line with either the specific words, OR the spirit of the entire New Testament. Most of the emphasized portions of this book directly contradict the Bible. Much of the teaching contained in this book is false, misleading, and attempts to refute the very words of Jesus.
Jesus taught us to be satisfied not only with our daily bread, but even with asking for our daily bread, on a daily basis. I think it is truly a shame that Christians in the richest country in the world would be so distracted by a simplistic ploy to seek riches rather than the kingdom of God! This is especially true while so many Christians are starving around the world. How will Christians explain their Jabezic pursuit of riches by endlessly and repeatedly praying for more and more while Christians are at this moment being herded into huts and being burned alive? Are we to believe that all the starving people in the world are starving because of their own personal sin?
The claim that "the only that can break the cycle of abundant living is sin" is absolutely false and directly contradicts the entire book of Job.
The claim that "the only thing that can break the cycle of abundant living is sin" is absolutely false and directly contradicts the entire book of Job (not to mention several books in the N.T.).
Job was not just more righteous than his brothers like Jabez, Job was the most blameless, righteous and upright man on the entire planet, yet his "abundant living" was severely "broken"! This is an example of end-time preaching where selfish people gather to themselves someone willing to tell them what their itching ears want to hear.
CLEARLY the "Prayer of Jabez" book and the Bible are at opposite ends of the spectrum regarding this teaching!
Tape this divisive little book closed (to protect innocent eyes), and use it for a coaster, or to balance your dining room table. To do otherwise will lead you astray!
Jesus describes the reality of being hungry, thirsty, naked, and a stranger but He told us to feed, clothe, and welcome others. He made no mention of sin, or praying to "expand our borders", or to pray for a "larger cup"! If your cup runneth over, do NOT pray for a larger cup, share what is in your cup with others!
Matthew 25:32-46 All the nations will be gathered before him, and he will separate the people one from another as a shepherd separates the sheep from the goats. He will put the sheep on his right and the goats on his left. ?Then the King will say to those on his right, ?Come, you who are blessed by my Father; take your inheritance, the kingdom prepared for you since the creation of the world. For I was hungry and you gave me something to eat, I was thirsty and you gave me something to drink, I was a stranger and you invited me in, I needed clothes and you clothed me, I was sick and you looked after me, I was in prison and you came to visit me. Then the righteous will answer him, "Lord, when did we see you hungry and feed you, or thirsty and give you something to drink? When did we see you a stranger and invite you in, or needing clothes and clothe you? When did we see you sick or in prison and go to visit you?" The King will reply, "I tell you the truth, whatever you did for one of the least of these brothers of mine, you did for me.? " Then he will say to those on his left, "Depart from me, you who are cursed, into the eternal fire prepared for the devil and his angels. For I was hungry and you gave me nothing to eat, I was thirsty and you gave me nothing to drink, I was a stranger and you did not invite me in, I needed clothes and you did not clothe me, I was sick and in prison and you did not look after me." They also will answer, "Lord, when did we see you hungry or thirsty or a stranger or needing clothes or sick or in prison, and did not help you?? ?He will reply, ?I tell you the truth, whatever you did not do for one of the least of these, you did not do for me.? ?Then they will go away to eternal punishment, but the righteous to eternal life."
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Transform Your Perception of God Jul 29, 2008
If you have ever been exposed to a negative image of God, then you must read this book. This book will change your perception and you'll find a kind, loving God who wants everything good to come to you. The practice of asking God for what you want is encouraged in a prayer that will change your life. The belief that God wants everything positive for your life transcends off the pages into your heart. Bruce examines the belief that giving to others will make your life abundant and fulfilled. Have faith, ask God and believe. After reading this book, you know God has answers and miracles just for you.